The Official Alden Thread for 2016 - Share reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

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  1. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Looking good MrVaneri. Good choice today. :)



    Partially it is camera angle, the other big thing is that my pair is unlined and unstructured. The wall isn't nearly as steep on the Unlined pairs and thus the vamp isn't as large.



    Very nice. Enjoy your new Plaza WT Boots!



    Very nice Steve. Always a good day for the Ravello Daytrippers. Have a good one. Must be something big if you are in a suit!

    -Mike
     
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    MrVenneri Senior member

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    Mine are circa 2012 and fully lined. I also believe it's my camera angles that skew the proportions slightly. To take my pictures I bend down like I'm going to pick up a piece of paper, then Iphone flips them right-side up automatically.

    100%!

    Thank you good sir. Excellent snuffs as well! I'm still awaiting mine from Yenni. :(

    You as well Mike! You crushed my name but revitalized my spirit. :)
     
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    Those Snuff WT boots are fantastic!
     
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    Thanks for some in the wild shots! They look amazing!!
     
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    To give you guys a rough idea of what I'm talking about, here's a photo of my foot next to the shoe:

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    Obviously, this isn't the best way to judge fit, but I was wondering if it looked normal or it screamed size down. Again, this is 10D Brannock sized down to 9.5D (Barrie).
     
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    TommyB Senior member

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    As you say, it's hard to tell from a picture. I think the only way for you to really know is to try a 9D or 9E.
     
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    MrVenneri Senior member

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    I'm also a 10 on the brannock in both length and instep but I am a C width. My foot volume is low and so are my arches. However looking at that picture...you should definitely size down - maybe even a full size. Your metatarsal is well below the widest part of that blucher. Additional that toe space indicates that the sizing is too long for you. For reference I wear a 9D Barrie and I could probably go down a width or down a half size altogether. Additionally I prefer a snug fit. I find that the less excess room in the shoes whilst still being comfortable the better. Reduces creasing, feels more secure, offers better support, and remains comfortable for longer. My .02 YMMV
     
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    If you sized down to a 9 length, you may need an E width. Honestly that picture doesn't necessarily scream size down one more. It's roomy but a 9 may be uncomfortable, especially because it seems you don't have a lot of width to spare.
     
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    Long time lurker, first time poster. Hi, everyone [​IMG].


    I have a question about shell restoration:

    I have my eyes on a color 8 boot in the future. I fear brownout, and prefer the eggplanty color, so I'd use Alden's restoration service in the future. OK, fine.

    But, I'd prefer to have Dainite over commando soles in this case, which would require aftermarket work. Which I think means Alden won't touch the shoes then.

    Would Alden do refinishing work on the uppers even with modifications to the sole?
    If not, how feasible is it to DIY restore shell color, particularly to the deeper purplish Alden color 8 vs stock color 8?


    Thanks, guys. I'm enjoying the community here.
     
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    Whiskey Wednesday here as well.

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    Alden won't refurbish based on current policy. Brown out takes a long time. You can use a pigmented cream in color 8/burgundy to keep up the color for a while. Ultimately you can't 100% control how they will end up in 10, 20, 30 years.
     
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    I'm wondering if I now need to try on 9D, 9E, and maybe even an 8.5E.

    What do you guys think?
     
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